Symonds focusing on next year's Williams

By on Thursday, August 22, 2013
Williams F1 Team

Williams F1 Team

New Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds says his focus is on the team's 2014 car.

Symonds joined the team earlier this week and will attend the Belgian Grand Prix with Williams for the first time.

"There are developments going on for the remainder of this season, he said.

"We have new parts coming to races as far out as Korea and beyond. They are not things I’ve had influence on but I can see them in the development programme."

"I hope we can look at some smaller details from the wind tunnel to improve things over the coming races and I’ll be looking at the operational side too. Fundamentality focus has to be much more towards 2014 as it’s an immensely difficult programme, the most difficult we have had to tackle for a long while."

"The FW36 [next year's model] is well underway and I think it’s important I get my influence onto that. However, my influence will be much more on process rather than detail, so I hope that pays off and leads to the sort of structure that can lead to on-going success for the team."

Symonds also added that he has an initially positive impression of drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas.

"So far I have really only seen them from the outside. I was able to spend time with both of them on my second day at Grove and what I can see is that they are both extremely committed and determined to see the team progress."

"I’m looking forward to working together with them to achieve greater success. They strike me as intelligent and committed drivers so let’s give them some equipment to show their talent."

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